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The Art and the Calling
June 2002

Healing From the Inside Out: One Person's Path With Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma–Mycosis Fungoides

Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(6):748-750. doi:10.1001/archderm.138.6.748

My skin has always been my weakest organ—hives, rashes, welts, acne, and itchy skin in reaction to foods, animal dander, chemicals, bug bites, and toxic fumes. So when I noticed patches of dry, rough, red skin on my lower torso in my early 50s, I accepted them as yet another sign of being oily above the neck and dry below. As the patches grew in size and number, I slathered on myriad flavors of lotions. Since no physician remarked about them during exams, I assumed there was no need to be concerned. In late 1999, I saw a dermatologist for a wart and asked about the patches. She offhandedly said she could biopsy them. Unable to get more out of her, I decided it couldn't be worth pursuing when she seemed so cavalier.